Ball Iron Workshop Destroyed
One September day in Juche 36 (1947), President
The workshop was built by the Japanese imperialists during their colonial rule over Korea with an eye to plundering larger quantities of iron at low cost. It was a slave labour site where Korean workers were apt to be shocked to death by high-tension electricity. So, they said they entered the workshop at the risk of their life.
Officials of the plant dissuaded
Laying bare the viciousness of the Japanese imperialists who turned the workshop into a deathtrap, he resolutely said as follows: Before the country’s liberation the Korean workers could not but work in the dangerous workshop even at the risk of their lives as they had been deprived of their country by the Japanese imperialists. Now that they have become the masters of their liberated country, there is no need for them to work at such a dangerous workplace. Steel is needed for the sake of the workers. But no matter how precious steel is, we can never barter the workers’ lives for steel. We should blow up the workshop fraught with the workers’ pent-up anger.
Later, the day when the workshop, a remnant of the Japanese imperialists’ colonial rule, was blown up to pieces, the Korean people, young and old, men and women, shed tears of gratitude, shouting “Long live General K im Il Sung!” at the top of their voices.
Still today, the story conveys to the rising generations the loving care of
Staff Reporter Om Yong Chol